William Lane Craig is a renowned Christian scholar, philosopher, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the position of Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology in La Miranda, California.
Born 23 August 1949, at age sixteen W. L. Craig pledged his life to Jesus Christ. Thus began a career, indeed a calling, dedicated to the Gospel. Craig completed a B. A. at Wheaton College in 1971, and two M. A. degrees at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1974 and 1975 (in the philosophy of religion and church history), and a Ph. D. from the University of Birmingham (England) in 1977. Craig also received a D. Theol. from the University of Munich in 1984, where he studied under the famous Wolfhart Pannenberg.
Craig is known for his Christian apologetics, specifically concerning the Resurrection, the existence of God, and theocentric ethics. Craig's case for the existence of God usually involves five central arguments:
- the cosmological argument, which includes Craig's specially-developed Kalam argument
- the argument from fine-tuning
- the moral argument
- the argument from the historicity of the Resurrection
- the argument from personal experience
Craig has won all or nearly all of his debates with atheists and is one of the most impressive debaters currently alive, a fact which even atheists attest to.
Atheist Luke Muehlhauser about William Lane Craig's debates with atheists
|“|| William Lane Craig is a prolific Christian philosopher, apologist, author, and public debater. He is the best debater – on any topic – that I’ve ever heard. As far as I can tell, he has won nearly all his debates with atheists. When debating him, atheists have consistently failed to put forward solid arguments, and consistently failed to point out the flaws in Craig’s arguments.
I’m not the only one who thinks Craig has won nearly all his debates. For some atheists, it is rather maddening.
Craig is a skilled debater, an encyclopedia of facts and quotes, and a careful rhetorician. If you make a logical mistake, Craig knows exactly how to skewer you for it (and for this, I respect him). He holds prepared and persuasive responses to everything an atheist might say, and atheists usually fail to clearly point out the logical flaws in what Craig has to say. Also, Craig does a great job of summarizing the points and counterpoints that have been raised during a debate, and presents them in a way to show he has decisively won. His opponents are never that organized or clear.
This is especially embarrassing for atheists because Craig’s arguments and debates are easily available, and he uses the same arguments all the time.
William Lane Craig is Reported to Have Called Richard Dawkins a Coward
Dr. William Lane Craig is one of Christianity's leading defenders and many individuals over the years have attempted to arrange a debate between Dr. Craig and Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins has offered various ruses on why he will not debate William Lane Craig, which Dr. Craig supporters have shown were inconsistent and merely a dodge to avoid debating one of Christianity's strongest advocates.
|“|| Bill Craig sent me a newsletter in which he will be debating twice in the UK on "Is God a Delusion" but will not be debating Dawkins himself. Now that would be the debate to see! Having seen this, I wrote him saying "Oh drat! no debate with Dawkins!" He responded:
The coward! He said, "I've never heard of William Craig. A debate with him might look good on his resume, but it wouldn't look good on mine!"
There was public pressure for the prominent evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins to debate the Christian philosopher of science and Christian apologist Dr. William Lane Craig. For example, currently there is a petition for Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig. YouTube recently featured a video which incorporates an audio excerpt of Craig stating that he would like to debate Dawkins and also features Dr. Craig commenting on Dawkins refusal to debate him.
As far as Dawkins and his comfort level around professional philosophers, the atheist philosopher Massimo Pigliucci wrote:
|“||Interestingly, over lunch during one of those days, I experienced Dawkins in what is a rather uncharacteristically humble mood: he confided at our table that he felt a bit intimidated, being surrounded by so many professional philosophers (he wasn’t talking about me, I assure you, but more likely of Dan Dennett and Alex Rosenberg, among others). It was interesting to see that rather unexpected (from his public appearances) side of him.||”|
Comment by Oxford atheist Daniel Came
See also: Atheism Quotes
In a letter to fellow atheist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins which was subsequently quoted by The Daily Telegraph, Dr. Daniel Came wrote concerning Dawkins' refusal to debate the Christian apologist Dr. William Lane Craig:
William Lane Craig debates
William Lane Craig debates:
- The New Theist - biographical information of William Lane Craig
- Richard Dawkins Refuses to debate William Lane Craig (YouTube Video)
- Will Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig? (YouTube Video)
- William Lane Craig is avoided by Richard Dawkins at Uncommon Descent
- Why Richard Dawkins won’t debate William Lane Craig by William Dembski
- Richard Dawkins' argument for atheism in The God Delusion? by Dr. William Lane Craig
- William Lane Craig’s Debates (Reviews)
- William Lane Craig Puts the Fear of God in Atheists, video clip of the William Lane Craig vs. Sam Harris debate
- The God Debate II: Harris vs. Craig, University of Notre Dame YouTube channel
- Richard Dawkins Cowers Away from William Lane Craig
- William Lane Craig is avoided by Richard Dawkins
- Dawkins ducks Craig
- Sign the “Richard Dawkins Should Debate William Craig” petition
- Will Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig?
- Richard Dawkins by Massimo Pigliucci
- Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011